Bishop Thomas

Anglican and Copt among Archbishop nominees

The Lutheran Church of Sweden seems to be becoming more and more ecumenical.

The TT news agency reports that at a meeting earlier this week to propose candidates to take over as the church’s archbishop,  the nominees included Church of England Bishop Graham Cray and Bishop Thomas of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church.

Bishop Cray is the head of the Anglican church’s Free Expressions team, a movement aimed at finding new forms of worship when traditional approaches have become irrelevant.

Bishop Thomas is an outspoken advocate of the Coptic identity, and provoked a strong reaction when he argued that Egyptians are not Arabs.

The favorites to assume the top position at the Church of Sweden are Bishop of Lund Antje Jackelén and Professor Cristina Grenholm, head of the Church’s Secretariat for Theology and Ecumenism.

The official nominating meeting will be held during the coming week. Archbishop Andres Wejryd will be retiring next summer.

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